Open Space and Recreation Plan Advisory Committee

Mission Statement

The mission of the Town of Palmer Open Space and Recreation Committee is to preserve, maintain and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Palmer by developing and maintaining an open space plan. The plan will identify and recommend open space acquisitions and identify other creative strategies to preserve open space based on public input and in consideration of Town government policies and action and the Town's Master Plan.

What We Do

Palmer's Open Space and Recreation Committee work to acquire and preserve land and ecosystems within Palmer. These areas provide a healthy environment for wildlife and plants and areas for passive or active recreational use by the public. Areas of high natural, scenic and/or recreational value are priorities for the Committee. In order to assure the protection of valued land, we assist in the creation of trails for passive recreation, community gardens, playing fields, beaches and playgrounds.

Public education is an important part of our mission, which involves providing informational signage at several open space properties, outdoor educational activities and land use and protection workshops. The Committee also provides opportunities for the public to appreciate and enjoy Palmer's preserved natural areas, parks, playgrounds and fields, gardens, water resources, wetlands and beaches.


Take Part in the 2021 Open Space and Recreation Plan Update!

Do you love Palmer’s open space and recreation areas? We do too, and we want to hear from you! Join us for a Public Visioning Session and provide your feedback on open space areas and recreational opportunities in Palmer. 

Members of the public are invited to attend the Public Visioning Session to be held September 28 at 6:30 pm at the Palmer Town Hall Meeting Room. Participants will discuss important questions such as “what improvements to recreation areas would you like to see,” “where is land protection most important,” “how can the Town increase community involvement with open space and recreation resources,” and much more.


2021 Advisory Committee Members

 Sarah Fortune
Conservation Agent 
Donald Blais, Jr.
Conservation Commission Chair
 David Cotter
Trail Committee
Nick Zeo
Land Management Subcommittee
Kathy Burns
Planning Board 
Jessica Sizer
 Town Council
Michael Swiatlowski
Member At-Large
Howard Fife
Member At-Large
Amber Kumpulanian
 Member At-Large
Kelly Bergeron
Member At-Large
Lynn Greany
Member At-Large